Press Releases

April 14, 2020 Press Release
Scott proposal would cover full cost of insurance premiums for laid-off and furloughed workers
WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Committee on Education and Labor Chairman Robert C. “Bobby” Scott (VA-03), Congressman Steven Horsford (NV-04), and Congresswoman Debbie Dingell (MI-12) introduced legislation to help workers maintain their job-based health insurance in response to an unprecedented wave of layoffs and furloughs caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
April 13, 2020 Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC – After another staggering and unprecedented spike in claims for unemployment benefits, House and Senate Democratic health leaders reiterated an urgent request for the Trump administration to immediately establish a new Special Enrollment Period (SEP) for millions affected by the ongoing economic and health crisis.
April 13, 2020 Press Release
At least half of the funding will be distributed to displaced students
NEWPORT NEWS, VA – Today, Congressman Bobby Scott (VA-03) announced that colleges and universities in Virginia’s Third Congressional District would receive $46 million in emergency funding as a result of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, which Congress passed on March 27. At least half of the funding each institution receives will be distributed to students in the form of emergency cash assistance grants to help pay for housing, food, and other basic essentials.
April 9, 2020 Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC – Chairman Bobby Scott (VA-03) issued the following statement after the Department of Education announced it will distribute some of the CARES Act emergency education to colleges and students. “The COVID-19 public health emergency is putting an enormous strain on our higher education system. In passing the CARES Act, Congress issued a down payment on the immediate and substantial relief that displaced students and cash-strapped institutions need to cope with this crisis.
April 8, 2020 Press Release
Members lead letter, signed by 78 lawmakers, urging EPA Administrator Wheeler to grant all Americans, including health professionals, adequate time to participate in rulemaking pertaining to public health in light of the coronavirus crisis.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Representatives Bobby Scott (VA-03), Mike Quigley (IL-05), and Jerry McNerney (CA-09) led 75 Members of Congress in sending a letter to U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Andrew Wheeler urging him to extend deadlines to allow for informed rulemaking. As Americans—including doctors, researchers, and public health experts—respond to the global coronavirus pandemic, the EPA is moving forward hastily with a number of environmental and public health rules, including ones that would jeopardize public and environmental health.
April 8, 2020 Press Release
Funding comes from the recently enacted Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act (CARES) Act
NEWPORT NEWS, VA – Congressman Bobby Scott (VA-03) issued the following statement after the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services awarded $1,856,770 to two Community Health Centers in Hampton Roads. The Peninsula Institute for Community Health was awarded $1,055,315 and the Portsmouth Community Health Center was awarded $801,455 to assist in the local response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
April 3, 2020 Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC – Today, House and Senate Democratic health leaders strongly urged the Trump Administration to put American families first and establish a general Special Enrollment Period (SEP) so that people affected by the coronavirus pandemic can sign up for health coverage.
April 3, 2020 Press Release
NEWPORT NEWS, VA – ON TUESDAY, April 7th, Congressman Bobby Scott (VA-03) will host a telephone town hall on the continued spread of COVID-19. The purpose of this call is to inform constituents of what actions Congress, the Administration and the Commonwealth of Virginia are doing and what they can do to limit and prevent the spread of COVID-19.
April 3, 2020 Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC – Chairman Bobby Scott (VA-03) issued the following statement after the Bureau of Labor Statistics announced that the economy lost 701,000 jobs in March with the unemployment rate at 4.4 percent. “Today’s grim jobs report captures only a fraction of the economic hardship that workers, families, and businesses will face in the months ahead.
April 1, 2020 Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC – House Education and Labor Chairman Bobby Scott (D-VA), House Energy and Commerce Chairman Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-NJ), House Ways and Means Chairman Richard E. Neal (D-MA), Senate HELP Ranking Member Patty Murray (D-WA), and Senate Finance Ranking Member Ron Wyden (D-OR) released a joint statement today condemning President Trump’s decision not to establish a special Affordable Care Act open enrollment period in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.